No one captures the essence of optimistic ambition quite like a student who is about to graduate. A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Sam Fox School at Washington University to meet the graduating class of fashion design students.
Fauxgerty is determined to fight the wastefulness that runs rampant in the fashion industry. The brand has been selected as a contestant in the Caleres Fashion Entrepreneur Competition where five fashion makers will face off to win $10,000.
The Firecracker Press is based on the outskirts of downtown St Louis in a completely inconspicuous neighborhood. Walking by you would never guess that within its discreet walls sits a collection of antique printers used to bring together modern design with techniques long forgotten.
Quality craftsmanship and attention to detail are what make a brand compelling. Much like these pieces, they might not look like anything special at first but when you dig a little deeper there is a whole history and process behind their creation. That is exactly what we are looking for in our essentials.
It's really easy to get down on a city like St Louis. It's not a place you often hear people talking about - at least not in a positive way. It doesn't stand out as a cultural highlight or rank highly on the list of most people's travel list. That adds to it's charm - it requires its visitors to work a little.
I'm a sucker for a trend just like the next fashion blogger but I like my go-to staples more. They are the building blocks that your whole wardrobe is based on. If you don't have the basics down then your foundations aren't solid. Something that might first appear ordinary can actually be the most inspiring.
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The pull towards getting a fast-fashion-fix by buying impulsively from inexpensive stores is no longer seen as cool. Today, many consumers want quality products that they will cherish for many seasons instead of pieces that will quickly be discarded and forgotten. But the desire for the next new thing is real. Whether it's from you Instagram feed, your friends or magazines the pressure to fit in and have the latest-and-greatest thing can be overwhelming.
This week, Lola Byatt looks into how she became addicted to shopping and examines the stark reality that made her rethink how she views her own wardrobe.
The same conversation has been going on since 2010 when the spark that lit the growing hatred towards bloggers at fashion week first set flame. No doubt, it was when Tavi Gevinson wore an oversized hat to a Dior show, thereby obstructing the view of everyone sitting behind her, that the anger really started to boil.
It starts out harmlessly enough. Tweak the colour balance, adjust the light, change the contrast. Maybe you soften the skin, remove a pimple, brighten your eyes. Oh, that nasty scar you got when you were a kid? It kind of distracts from the overall beauty of the picture. You might as well remove that too.
I've thought a lot about what it means to be a blogger. There's an increasing amount of shame associated with having a blog, especially at industry events where there are real press and other people who actually deserve their invitations. I'd like to share my thoughts on this and find out how you feel.